February 2004 Archives (all archives)

February 29

It seems I'm getting strange results when browsing mefi via proxy. Is it something I'm doing wrong?

I've been getting, interesting behavior using metafilter through a proxy server. (The reason I'm using a proxy has to do with some annoying behavior by both Opera and Mozilla under FreeBSD.) wwwoffled just doesn't get the page at all. apache2 running as a proxy does get the page after more than two minutes. This behavior appears to be unique to metafilter.

Turning off proxying for metafilter in the browser works much better. I'm mostly satisfied with this arrangement but the nerd in me is curious as to why. (And the community-oriented person in me wants to describe this problem for other folks who may need to search for this problem.) Any clues?
posted by KirkJobSluder to Bugs at 5:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Marking questions as answered

Another AskMe suggestion. How about a way for someone who has posted a question to go in and add a marker which says that their question has been answered which would then appear next to the 'comments' marker on the front page, which would then offer the ability to filter out all the questions which have been answered so that the benevolant can concentrate on those which haven't.
posted by feelinglistless to Feature Requests at 2:10 PM PST - 6 comments

The AskMe archive pages never seem to show a new comment count for any thread

The AskMe archive pages never seem to show a new comment count for any thread. Is this a planned feature, something that will be changed when the new software rev is posted, or my imagination?
posted by billsaysthis to Bugs at 11:39 AM PST - 2 comments

"Your Asian-fetish weirdness flat out gives me the creeps": volatile & personal

Maybe it's me, but "Your Asian-fetish weirdness flat out gives me the creeps" seems like an awfully volatile & personal way to kick off a thread.
posted by dhoyt to Etiquette/Policy at 8:38 AM PST - 54 comments

February 28

Can I open all links in new tabs?

Is there a way (currently or hypothetically) to customize my account to open exterior links in a new tab, if I'm using that kind of browser? Just curious.
posted by DenOfSizer to Feature Requests at 3:05 PM PST - 6 comments

February 27

anti-religious remarks belong on your own blog

It's all well and good for skallas to post his opinions on his own weblog, but couldn't he keep any anti-religious remarks out of his FPPs?
posted by VulcanMike to Etiquette/Policy at 12:58 PM PST - 255 comments

How to reduce server load on large threads

Okay, since I sort of wasted my last MeTa post by being too fast on the draw, how about something more constructive. I think we could save a great deal of overhead on the server by changing the way 100+ post threads are displayed.
posted by y6y6y6 to Feature Requests at 10:46 AM PST - 29 comments

Jokes in AskMe are no good

Can we please make it stop? It's bad enough that we really want a 100+ post thread about same sex marriage every day. Do we have to drag it into AskMe?
posted by y6y6y6 to Etiquette/Policy at 10:12 AM PST - 17 comments

I'd like to declare a moratorium on comparing things to the Onion

I'd like to declare a moratorium on comparing things to the Onion, as well as nominations for the Darwin Award. [more inside]
posted by jpoulos to Etiquette/Policy at 6:04 AM PST - 38 comments

February 26

Orkut Satire FPP Treated as Real News

This thread treats satire as a real news report. The author seems to have thought it was real (not having read the small notice at the bottom). I'd either put "[satire]" at the end or delete it.
posted by abcde to Etiquette/Policy at 1:41 PM PST - 20 comments

February 25

Cleanup on aisle 31410: formatting gone awry

Y2Karl's post appears to have messed up its layout. Looks like the html fixer-upper munged up some already buggy html y2karl fed it:
posted by fvw to Bugs at 2:11 PM PST - 4 comments

it would be really handy to be able to edit your posts

Linking to my own post as an example, it would be really handy to be able to edit your posts at times. Would this pony ever grow legs and run around the field chasing butterflies and scaring children?
posted by twine42 to Feature Requests at 8:41 AM PST - 14 comments


When attempting to open a thread in the blue this morning, JRun closed connection.

The nerve of JRun!
posted by moonbird to Bugs at 7:34 AM PST - 24 comments

February 24

Cleveland Meetup

MeFi Cleveland: Want coffee sometime? Maybe when Spring hits? We can talk about how much Cleveland really looks like American Splendor.
posted by Shane to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:00 PM PST - 25 comments

The Google-Ads are looking awfully visual lately aren't they?

The Google-Ads are looking awfully visual lately aren't they?
posted by feelinglistless to Bugs at 2:14 PM PST - 14 comments

Its a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt world

Finally got around to reading L.A.'s alt-paper L.A. Weekly's content-heavy "Year End Lists Issue", and was shocked at what I saw on Page 12: (fourth list down here).
That explains why Mr. Howie didn't make it to the L.A. MeetUp: He was with Drudge, Welch, Damon and Groening plotting to take over the universe...
posted by wendell to MetaFilter-Related at 12:12 PM PST - 15 comments

February 23

A horrible way to begin a discussion

IMHO, this is a horrible way to begin a discussion of a controversial film.
posted by subgenius to Etiquette/Policy at 5:19 PM PST - 39 comments

Back button does not unpost

Matt, when submitting a question to Ask Me, I used the back button to edit my text twice. However, apparently the text was posted instead. The one time I'm serious, and I screw everything up.
posted by mischief to Bugs at 5:01 PM PST - 13 comments

February 22

Connection refused?

Connection refused? This morning (around 7:30 AM PST) I wasn't able to access metafilter.com or ask.metafilter.com, although I was able to ping the same names. Looks like some others were having the same. Was there an issue?
posted by daver to Bugs at 9:06 AM PST - 7 comments

February 21

Madison meetup

You know, I had quite a wonderful time at the last Madison, WI meetup. So how about another one?
posted by UKnowForKids to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:17 PM PST - 42 comments

Boston Meetup

So, was Mefi Boston II more fun than having your alternator die in Berwick during a snowstorm and having to be towed home?
posted by anastasiav to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:17 PM PST - 10 comments

AskMe Titles

I really really hate to ask... but can we get Post/Question Titles for Ask MetaFilter?
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood to Feature Requests at 4:00 PM PST - 11 comments

Logo comparison with metapress

This site has an unusual logo. It's kind of interesting to have it open in a tab next to MeFi, and then to toggle between the two.
posted by carter to MetaFilter-Related at 2:34 PM PST - 15 comments

FYI: I fixed a small bug this morning.

FYI: I fixed a small bug this morning. The html shortcuts were not showing up in firefox browsers but should now, and they seem to work fine on all three sites.
posted by mathowie to Bugs at 9:04 AM PST - 7 comments

February 20

Parallel-universe network site invite

When MetaFilter's down, parallel-universe websites like Orkut contain valuable information as well as friendly confraternization - witness the MetaFilter board on the same website. Plus you get photos and intimate details of your favourite MeFi posters, whether friends or foes. How important are these parallel-universe network sites? Is Google's patronage indicative of things to come? And, yes, should we take over while it's hot? Does anyone want to be invited?
posted by MiguelCardoso to MetaFilter-Related at 12:31 AM PST - 153 comments

February 18

MeFi Swap

Just a reminder: this Saturday is the last day to sign up for the current round of the MeFi Swap. 143 signed up so far, so this round should be pretty exciting.
posted by Dreama to MetaFilter-Related at 1:59 PM PST - 44 comments

February 17

How big is the drive Metafilter is located on?

Matt, this is a question to you (as well as a push to the other users here).

How big is the drive Metafilter (or all of your stuff) is located on? Like many others, I lived in a dark world without MeFi and ask:

Have you thought about a raid level 1?
posted by filmgeek to MetaFilter-Related at 7:25 PM PST - 50 comments

Firefox Bugs

I've switched to Firefox. I have my MeFi preferences set to open links in a new window. I have the Tabbrowser Preferences extension installed on firefox and everything set to open in new tabs, links on metafilter still bring up new windows. While I can just CTRL + click to open in a new tab, I'm wondering if this is a mozilla thing, or a mefi thing. Thanks.
posted by Grod to Bugs at 4:19 PM PST - 15 comments

Meetup in NYC, 2/20/04

MeFiNYC reminder: Friday! Friday! Friday! This Friday the 20th of February at the Veselka Dome, witness MONSTER MeFi ACTION ACTION ACTION! Gates open at 7.30 - no passes will be honored!

posted by adamgreenfield to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:10 AM PST - 46 comments

February 16

Why was my AskMe question about a web template nixed?

So that I can avoid doing so again in the future: Why was my AskMe question about a web template nixed?
posted by oissubke to Etiquette/Policy at 10:47 PM PST - 30 comments

Behold: New York Times Link Generator.

Behold: New York Times Link Generator. Paste your NYT URL and voila!
A link to the article of your choice which won't evaporate after two weeks.
Via Calpundit.
posted by y2karl to MetaFilter-Related at 10:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Please open up membership (Feb. 2004)

So many of us spent some time at Monkeyfilter while the server was down and it's time to ask again about opening up membership. Pretty please? with sugar on top?
posted by amberglow to Feature Requests at 6:44 PM PST - 20 comments

Boston Meetup February 2004

MefiBoston II reminder. Saturday the 21st, 7 PM, John Harvard's in Cambridge.
posted by mr_crash_davis to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Metafilter Wiki Current Status Page

For those of you wondering what you can do to find out why Metafilter might be offline in future: the Metafilter Wiki Current Status Page.
posted by snarfodox to Uptime at 6:02 PM PST - 12 comments

We're back

So alas, one of the processor fans in the MetaFilter server decided to up and die, which coincided perfectly with a planned vacation to New York. Upon coming back, no replacement fan was to be found on my doorstep (due to stupid delayed shipping by the company from whom the replacement was ordered), so a trip to CompUSA later, we're back in business. Sorry 'bout that.
posted by delfuego to Uptime at 5:13 PM PST - 78 comments

February 10

Weird trackbacks?

Is there a reason every thread since this one has a trackback about the Dalai Lama and Bush?
posted by GhostintheMachine to Etiquette/Policy at 8:33 AM PST - 7 comments

February 9

What domain names do I keep, part 1 of N

Umm... is this appropriate for AskMefi? I might not have bristled as much if not for the implication that we will be seeing "more than a dozen" of the same threads in the "next several days," and this was merely "part one" of many. Wendell, I love you man, but, uh, [this is bad].
posted by PrinceValium to Etiquette/Policy at 5:24 PM PST - 23 comments

pls summarize askme questions on front page

Could we at least try to summarize the actual question in the front-page post on AskMe? 1 2 3
posted by DevilsAdvocate to Etiquette/Policy at 2:27 PM PST - 19 comments

February 7

Amberglow Meetup in Amsterdam

Five out of eight ain't bad. Dutch-based MeFites met up with Amberglow in Amsterdam on Saturday.

Photographic evidence available at prolific.org.
posted by prolific to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:11 PM PST - 25 comments

February 6

why was my post deleted?

Wondering why my FPP link, to a Kuro5hin.org essay about the insular world of blogs, the effect on google and the debate in comments about that was deleted. It was a good discussion, I thought, and work a look. Matt, I've been lurking here for several years, and I thought it was in keeping with the site.
If things are going to tighten up, that's fine, but I'm interested in knowing the parameters and how they applied in this specific case.
posted by Slagman to Etiquette/Policy at 8:47 PM PST - 46 comments

Why don't you get your own blog, fuckwit?


Why don't you get your own blog, fuckwit?

(more inside)
posted by mr_crash_davis to Etiquette/Policy at 4:45 PM PST - 21 comments

Men, women, and relationships

What are some good community sites, other than AskMetafilter, where people can intiate discussions on topics like this one? It's a good question in a bad place, IMO.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders to Etiquette/Policy at 4:19 AM PST - 42 comments

February 5

No votes to remove posts from Metafilter?

I don't know if it has been proposed before (I don't generally read MetaTalk), but THIS LINK makes me yearn for some kind of "no" vote system where if a post gets a certain number or percentage of "no" it gets taken off the front page. It wouldn't be necessarily easy to implement or tune, but it would help. It would also help remove FPP's that TURN OUT TO BE TOTAL BUNK.
posted by McBain to Feature Requests at 3:03 PM PST - 28 comments

Violent threats not funny

Violent threats. Even if it's a joke, it's not funny and not cool.
posted by squirrel to Etiquette/Policy at 2:39 PM PST - 65 comments

CNN copied Metafilter

Is Cnn Technews cruising MetaFilter for story ideas to write stories like this? Poseurs.
posted by trbrts to MetaFilter-Related at 1:41 PM PST - 9 comments

NYT quotes AskMe - I think

Hey, doesn't the following quote from this article in today's NYT (reg. req., etc.) come from MeFi? Or AskMe? Searching isn't doing it for me.

"I like a lot of the names I see on spam e-mails because they're completely abstract, with little conception of culture or traditional sounds," said a posting by someone using the name Oissubke, a self-described fiction writer. "They jump out. They're memorable. They may not work for Grisham or Shakespeare, but they're ideal for my own writing style."
posted by Prospero to MetaFilter-Related at 6:02 AM PST - 61 comments

February 4

Server outages

MetaFilter, MetaTalk, and Ask Metafilter might be sporadic over the next day or so, as the server hosting the DNS has died for now. Hopefully that server will be back tomorrow morning, but if not, you could hack your hosts file to point the three domains at

If you see the sites unreachable by morning, that's why.
posted by mathowie to Uptime at 10:23 PM PST - 14 comments

Hey, are we still self-policing? (Feb. 2004)

Hasn't "self policing" pretty much run it's course by now? I mean, it worked great when we had lots of new people coming in everyday. But today's MetaFilter is made up of people who have *all* been self policed for well over a year. None of us are going to change our ways. Recent attempts at self policing seem to be getting embarrassingly pointless. Can we stop calling it "self policing" and start referring to it by the more accurate term - "masturbatory rhetoric"?
posted by y6y6y6 to Etiquette/Policy at 8:54 AM PST - 70 comments

February 3

problem with HTML in link

Link gets munged on preview [more inside.]
posted by homunculus to Bugs at 5:38 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm fed up of "OutrageFilter" posts

OutrageFilter? I'm getting fed up with posts like this, and this.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen to Etiquette/Policy at 4:23 PM PST - 45 comments

February 2

Pixies reunion: grounds for deletion?

since when is confirmation of the pixies reunion a candidate for deletion ?
posted by sgt.serenity to Etiquette/Policy at 3:52 PM PST - 28 comments

Boston meetup 2/2004

Boston meetup round II, anyone?
posted by mr_crash_davis to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:34 PM PST - 21 comments

A couple of months ago, I posted a question to AskMe. I now think I have an answer.

A couple of months ago, I posted a question to AskMe. It generated a lot of interest and responses, but no definitive answer. I now think I have an answer. What should I do?

1. Keep it to myself.
2. Post it to the old, archived thread?
3. Make a new FPP?

I suspect #3 would piss some people off (because the FPP wouldn't be asking a new question), but if someone else found an answer to an old question, I'd prefer them to make a FPP. If they posted it to an ancient, archived thread, I would probably never think to go there and read it.
posted by grumblebee to Etiquette/Policy at 10:27 AM PST - 21 comments

Trib Media Mention

"Metafilter. Now you know where I get a least half my story ideas." -- Chicago Tribune features writer Maureen Ryan, listing her 10 favorite websites in a guest appearance on co-worker Eric Zorn's weblog. [Trib login: gapers/gapers]
posted by me3dia to MetaFilter-Related at 10:04 AM PST - 24 comments